When you get right down to it, employers of military veterans, companies like those that make up the 2013 MVE for Military list, become much more than a source of a paycheck. Ask veterans what they value most, and they universally cite examples of how their employers cared for them - not just as military service people, but as individuals.
Take Shane Roach of Antioch, TN, who is a route manager for Waste Management. He’s also active with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard. He’s been with the company for 14 years, during which time he has had two deployments: 2004-2005 and 2009-2010.
“During the first deployment, our AVP (assistant vice president) sat down with me and the district manager and told me not to worry about my job. He would find a position for me to do once I returned. He told me with a firm voice that if myself or my family needed anything while I was gone to call him. While I was deployed, Waste Management made up the difference in my pay, which most non-government employers did not, bought Christmas gifts for my wife and my two children, sent several care packages and stayed in contact with my wife weekly,” Roach says.
And it’s not just during deployments that these employers come to veterans’ aid. Many military service people note that the opportunities for training and career advancement are rife.
“Kristopher Markham is a driver for TMC Transportation and a U.S. Army veteran. “When I first heard about TMC and how they work with veterans and are very friendly to what we do and have done, I was very excited to be on board with that. I learned I can use my VA benefits to work on a one-year Drivers’ Apprenticeship and get paid through the G.I. Bill while doing it. It’s a great feeling knowing you work for someone who appreciates everything you do. It makes going to work every week that much easier.”
Dave Gibson, a Program Manager for URS Federal Services, knew that when he exited the Navy, he wanted to continue to serve the United States. “URS offered the right mix of projects and opportunities that I was not only able to apply my training and experiences from the military, but also enough new and interesting projects that I was able to continue growing personally. URS has been a great company to work for. The company really understands and put stock in the experiences and training we received while serving,” Gibson says.
But don’t just take their word for it. Continue to the links below to see how the Most Valuable Employers of 2013 are matching their words of military support with action.
To the many MVEs who hire veterans as part of their HR model, we thank you. Congratulations to the CivilianJobs.com 2013 MVEs for ensuring that your corporate culture honors those who have served.